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Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Victoria Ale was inspired by a visit to Victoria Mansion, in Portland, Maine and the visual references to Bacchus, the god of wine. The brewer's decided to fuse the worlds of beer and wine. Over two hundred pounds of Chardonnay (Vidal Blanc in 2010) grapes were brought in, crushed on site and added directly to the mash. Victoria Ale's aroma is fruity spice, and the taste presents subtle notes of green banana, black pepper, and fresh-crushed mint. With a focus on the subtle, wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew boasts a pale copper color, Belgian yeast influence, and a medium body with a long candied fruit finish with hints of honeydew melon, and, of course, white wine grapes.

Added by hopsaplenty on 04-29-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
481
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
17.01%
 
 
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18
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91
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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis for this $20 brew via The Flying Pig...
Limited release of 2,700 bottles.
Appears a hazy gold with a small white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of a Belgian mix, yeasty dough, vanilla, peach, apricots...perhaps a touch of champagne esters.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, doughy, with vanilla, and citrus clinging to the palate.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost cloudy amber color. Grape?? nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is grape/hops, not sweet, slight tin finish. Grapes and malt don't mix. High ABV is hidden. Not worth $15.59 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Derek
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light yellow-straw, slight haze, thin ring of retention, zero lace.

S: Biscuity grain, wine, hints of floral spicing.

T: Very champagne-like, toffee, biscuity grain, subdued fruity esters & phenolic spice, warming alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a drying alcohol finish.

D: A decent drinker. I could crack one open for New Years.

Thanks Jeremy & Karen.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on June 3, 2011 at the American Craft Beer Festival. It had a kind of pale yellow-olive pour with a moderate head. The aroma had a hint of grape but more of a yeast and spice note. The taste also had a vague green grape flavor with a nice spicy and malty character. Overall, a beer that is worth having again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a straw yellow lightly hazy body that as a snow white creamy head that last for the full beer. There is a strong carbonation of microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The smell of soft sweet honey has a bread crust note to it. For the most part the smell is pretty clean.

T- This beer has a sweet honey malt flavor with some light white caramel flavors and a faint note of banana and bread dough to it. There is a soft bitterness at the finish that has a soft green noble hop note to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a creamy texture that finish with no sign of alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice smooth wheat sweetness to it with a good balance from the hops. The flavors are not as concise as typically malt and hops flavors but have more of a mystery to them.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The ale is a copper red color with orange hints. On pour, the head is thick and luxurious but it dissipates to a small white ring.

S: The ale has a grape aroma, similar to red grape juice, but subtle and not so sweet. It is a different aroma for a beer, I've never encountered it before.

T: The grapes in the nose miraculously disappear from the taste. The taste is a stronger malt flavor, well spiced with some pepper and honey. The finish is where some of the fruitiness re-emerges, giving the ale a tart sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel, with spices and fruit tartness, is very good.

D: The 9% abv is well hidden here, allowing the fruit and spices to shine. A well made beer indeed.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a tasting at Julio's. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden hue with a nice slightly rocky head that faded quickly and dissappointingly.

S - Smell i snice. Fair amount of vinous qualities on this with some light belgian yeast notes.

T - Taste is very similar to the nose. More of those belgian yeast notes, some nice malt sweetness, and the dry grapey qualities of the wine.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Crisp, sharp, and try thanks to the chardonnay.

O - Overall, this is a good beer from Allagash just not worth anywhere near the $19.99 price tag for it in MA.

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Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer has an aroma of white grapes, breadiness, and spice.

The flavor follows of bready qualities, spice from pepper, and a sweetness throughout. On the back, there's a blend of pears and grapes with slight tart quality on the back.

The sweetness masks the alcohol on this well, but also slightly overpowers the beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head gets reinforcements in small constant bubbles rising form the bottom of the glass, and lasts accordingly, with delicate lacing. Aroma is slightly spicy sweetness, with effervescent notes. Taste is moderate maltiness upfront, with spicing coming on, and a dry lightly fruity close. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy over the tongue, and drinkability is very nice for the abv. A nice addition to the Allagash family of products.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Fruity light grape nose with a touch of biscuit and alcohol.
Hazy peach tinted gold under a 2" moussey white foam cap, persistent, lacy.
Palate begins with grainy malt, bread, biscuit light fruits, light grape finished with a light hop bitter accent.
Very smooth creamy medium body with medium high very finely bubbled carbonation.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 2. Bottled courtesy of Viggo. Thanks!
Hazy and an orange/peach colour, this beer poured with a yellow/beige cap that formed some clumpy lacing that really stuck to the glass. Aromas were bready and yeasty, quite fruity with grapes and ripe oranges, delicate spices and a bit of alcohol. Mild bitterness, fruity peaches, malt and honey, biscuit and bread, with sweet apricots and light spice in the finish. Just a bit of alcohol flavour and warmth. Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied, a tad coarse in texture until the carbonation settled down. Pretty good. I'd gladly have this again.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, bright white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An extremely fruity aroma of apples and grapes with hints of malt, hops, and spices as well.

T: Tasted of apples, malt, and hops up front, with a big shot of grapes in the finish. Not as complex as other Allagash brews, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not what I'd call my favorite Allagash beer, but it's undeniably drinkable.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed yello straw, light bubbly head, little spots of retention. Scent leads with a sweet and tart fruit component, biscuity malt, some herbal and earthy qualities. Taste tones down the fruit a bit and focuses it more on the grape notes, decent grain profile, some leafy and herbal notes. Medium bodied, lightly bubbly. Slightly better than the Victor as it tones some bold flavors down and blends them well.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber-gold color with a one-finger head into my goblet.

Aroma is full of grape and raisin in the nose with a bit of tartness as well.

Taste is sweet at first and then it gives in to a nice amount of grape and raisin in the middle. Tart and a bit sour on the mouth.

There's a subtle hint of dryness that coats the mouth and throat. Carbonation is just right and it finishes quite well.

It's a solid example of the style. The grape adds a dry finish to this ale. Otherwise, it's pretty solid for the style. You could cellar it as well as it is no longer being brewed.

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Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago. Day 2 of epic DrJay visit tasting.

Pours a cloudy amber/orange colour, like juice, with a thin egg shell head forming, drops a bit of lace and drops to a thin ring rather quickly. Smell is neat, grapes, some wine, bready, wood, lightly sour fruits, apricots, a little musty, sweet and sugary. Taste is similar, some caramel and bready malts up front, grapes and a wine sharpness, vanilla and oak, some orange peel, malty finish, and a bit yeasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, pretty neat. The wine doesn't come through as good as I expected, but this was a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. A small white head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: At first a great fruit aroma. Grapes, peaches, apples. A slight sourness, acidity, and dry wood aroma. This is good stuff.
T: Again, a fruity flavor of grapes and tart apples. Slightly sour with a nice malty sweetness that balances everything out.
M/D: A surprisingly lighter body than I was expecting. Though that is not a detriment. Very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Very creamy and smooth with good carbonation. This is very easy to drink. The alcohol is almost nonexistent. A great sipping beer.

This is a really interesting beer, and definitely reminds me of a wine. I would recommend this to anyone, and something that would appeal to wine drinkers as well.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, from the cellar of "Blackie", corked and cage

appearance: pours a murky peach, large and fluffy white cloud head with long lasting retention, active carbonation noticeable

smell: very fresh and powerful nose...big yeast whiff at first, fresh orange-citrus, peppery spice, light white grape juice aroma, zesty

taste: lot of things going on...alcohol is a bit too hot in my opinion, and the carbonation is very high. yeasty, wheat, rather vinous, white grape juice, alcohol warming, pear, green apple, sweet and malty.

mouthfeel: very active carbonation, warming alcohol presence, medium body, lively on the tongue

drinkability: above average

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am biased when it comes to Allagash. I think they brew interesting, tasty beers, and this is no exception. I had a 750ml bottle all for myself. After pouring the first glass, I let the bottle come to more of a room temperature. The beer was a cloudy orange with a medium head. The smell was mostly sweet fruit. The taste was fruity, somewhat tart, with a little hoppiness. I'm not certain I could detect a vinous character to it. As the beer warmed, it became dryer and more malty/yeasty. Very interesting. Somewhat carbonated. Another great offering from Allagash.

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Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like fresh lemon zest and coriander and clove, with some white grape and grapefruit and sour Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and grapefruit hops, with sweet wild honey and sour Belgian yeast, and a bit of coriander. The aftertaste was bitter but smooth.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a nice pale Belgian with good complexity and clean taste. It had a more enjoyable balance of flavors than most of the style, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. The body could have been a bit better, but this was otherwise a solid beer.

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Photo of popery
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

City Beer Store, Allagash night. Very nice looking beer, like champagne with a foam head that refused to quit. I'm continually impressed with Allagash's clean grain flavors that seem to act as a base for complex Belgians. It makes their beers seem more true to the native Belgian ales. Anyway, the grapes are definitely noticeable but quite pleasant and not cloying. They give the beer a vinous malt quality, much more subtle than expected. Good Belgian yeast notes, earthy and dry. Champagne-ish carbonation with lots of small vigorous bubbles. A happy surprise for me.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-ish, yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, it was all white grapes. In the taste, Belgiany sugar and a dry white grape. A sweet fruity and bitter moouthfeel and a semi-dry fruity aftertaste. Great flavor, fantastic grape presence. Hide alcohol very well.

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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that recedes slowly to a soapy swirl along the top.

The aroma has lots of lightly toasted grains, wheat and a got bit of Belgian yeast. As it warms, some light sweet fruits come out - candied pears and apples mainly.

The taste is sweeter than the aroma and the toasted grains are much more in the background. The fruits are more prevalent and hit the tongue quickly with a slightly sugar-coated character. The yeast makes its presence felt mostly in the finish with a lingering dry spiciness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lively carbonation, which all adds up to an extremely drinkable beer.

This is a solid Belgian ale that goes down super fast and easy. It's not the most complex or tasty version of the style, but it is one of the most drinkable. Excellent.

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Photo of Gmann
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a small head that settled into nothingness, flat. The aroma is sweet, apricot, coriander, honey and green apple. The taste is of tropical fruit and coriander. Big spice profile, perhaps some white pepper. Some honey notes as well. I don't really pick up the white grapes as I did on the Victor. The brew has a moderate body, prickly carbonation, sweet and a bit sticky. A spicy BSPA for sure. Not really my bag but others might like it. I preferred the Victor over the Victoria.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/27...served on tap. Pours pale gold with light foam. Mild beer smell, nothing noteworthy. Taste is funky and with load of savignon blanc flavors. Tastes like white wine with a hop bite. Very creative.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the greatest craft bar in Maryland of Always Ron's in Hagerstown Maryland.

Very pale like a witbier with billowing head. Has a little funky/barnyard smell but overall the scents are subtle. It has a very well balanced taste profile. You get a touch of sour, some funk, a little sweetness, a little booziness and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Overall its an easy drinking 9% brew and has alot going on. It didn't quite give me the WOW factor but its definitely at that level just on the cusp of a world class brew but not quite there. Allagash makes another very solid / outstanding beer.

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Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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